We are currently experiencing a change of era of enormous complexity, both in terms of depth and scope. Managing the transition from one era to the next during the time-period spanning said transition requires leaders who understand the changing times, who see their vocation as a service to the global common good, who have the right knowledge and skills, and who want to fully commit themselves to their vocation.
Managing the transition from one era to the next during the time-period spanning said transition requires leaders who understand the changing times, who see their vocation as a service to the global common good, who have the right knowledge and skills, and who want to fully commit themselves to their vocation.
We need leaders in all spheres of society, not just in political parties. Real leaders are needed in companies, associations and foundations, education, healthcare, culture, as well as in the field of religion, with a global vision that is anchored to specific communities. We believe that it is only possible to go out to meet others from a place of profound knowledge of one’s own convictions, with a deep respect for others’ ways of living and thinking, in order to find the keys with which to build a more humane world. We believe in dialogue between people of different religions and of no religion, based on a deep respect for the dignity of each individual, which we attribute to everyone’s condition of being a unique and incomparable creature.
It is a great challenge to find authentic leaders in the changing times in which we live, precisely because concepts such as vocation, service and the common good are currently undergoing a crisis. And yet, the teachings of the Church constantly remind us that great people have emerged throughout history who have not hesitated to dedicate their full potential to the good of others, in spite of hardships.
It is the inalienable responsibility of universities to train leaders and accompany them in the noble exercise of their vocation. Universities are not only called upon to produce knowledge about the common good and leadership, but also to produce leaders and train them appropriately so that they may be in a position to contribute to the common good.
This task surpasses universities and calls upon them to collaborate amongst themselves and with other institutions in the spirit of generosity, excellence and hope. The mission and vision of Francisco de Vitoria University and, specifically, its Faculty of Law, Business and Government, is to create a new School of Salamanca that is able to analyze and provide specific solutions to govern the change of era, emulating the original School of Salamanca.
Firstly, our name is intended to recognize the role that the Queen played in the discovery of America. The Catholic Monarchs met with Christopher Columbus at the Monastery of Guadalupe between 1486 and 1489 to approve the financing of the voyage that would lead to the discovery of the New World. Christopher Columbus entrusted himself to the Virgin of Guadalupe to find a new way to the Indies and later returned to the Monastery to thank her for the discovery. After the conquest of Granada in 1492, the Catholic Monarchs retired to rest in the monastery of Guadalupe.